Gunshots and protests in Kibera, Mathare and Kisumu
Several people are reported to be nursing injuries in kiss after police fire live bullets to disperse protestors, minutes after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of the Presidential election.
Police also fired tear gas on to contain political protests in an opposition stronghold of Mathare, a Nairobi slum,
The protests also broke out minutes after the election commission said President Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second five-year term in this week’s polls despite fierce objections from opposition leader Raila Odinga about the fairness of the vote.
Gunshots and protests after Presidential results announcement; Kisumu, Rongo, Migori, Homa Bay, Siaya, Bondo and parts of Nairobi affected
In Migori, youths engaged police in running battles in Shauri Yako slums, Sofia and Makongeni estates.
Police also dispersed protesters who had blocked Uriri-Kisii road in the border county.
There was a heavy police presence in Migori town and its environs on Friday afternoon ahead of the announcement.
In Nairobi’s Buruburu and Kiambiu estates, police lobbed teargas to disperse two rival groups— one celebrating Mr Kenyatta win and the other protesting the victory.
There were reports of shouting and screaming in Kibera slums in the city county but it was not immediately clear if they were linked to celebrations or clashes.
In Kisumu, police launched air patrols immediately IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati finished announcing the results in Nairobi.
“There are protests near airport. Air patrol currently ongoing,” a resident said
“From my window, I’m seeing people running back from the side of the shopping centre so it’s like they’re being dispersed.”
Police officers also teargassed youths who lit bonfires on roads leading to Nyalenda slums.
There were reports of gunshots in Siaya town as residents took to the streets to protest the IEBC announcement.
It was not immediately clear if people were injured in the confrontations between police and the protesters.